The World Before Her
Directed by Nisha Pahuja
English, Hindi with English Subtitles
ABOUT THE FILM
India loves beauty contests, which for the winner can mean stardom, a lucrative career and freedom from a patriarchal society. But Hindu fundamentalists view pageants as immoral and a symbol of the Westernization of India. As the film follows contestants at a month-long beauty boot camp, we also visit an annual camp run by the Durgha Vahini, the women’s wing of the militant fundamentalist movement. Here girls learn what it means to be good Hindu women and how to fight against Islam, Christianity and Western influences by any means necessary. Winner Best Canadian Feature HotDocs 2012.